JAMES HORNER'S RETURN TO PANDORA
James Horner was directly involved with providing both new and adapting existing material of his music for the project, working alongside Simon Franglen, who continued and completed work just as he did with Magnificent Seven after James passed in 2015. This album provides a 'you are there' feel, complete with ambient sounds and creature effects supporting the wealth of evocative and exciting music, which is a welcome and worthy continuation built on the foundation of James Horner's Avatar score.
There's a cue that takes "I See You" the Leona Lewis song and gives it an instrumental-only, surfer-dude style, and a couple of cues that remind you very much that you're in a Disney resort so kick back, relax and have a few drinks. The Wikipedia entry is helpful for where this music was meant to be heard: Satu'li Canteen – a quick service restaurant. Pongu Pongu – a food and beverage stand. Windtraders, – the area's only gift shop.
The score was recorded by the same orchestra and vocal ensemble as Living in The Age of Airplanes: Slovak National Symphony in Bratislava.